The CMS lowered its final increase for hospital rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.
In final rules, CMS cut a proposed Medicare pay increase for inpatient psychiatric facilities, while slightly increasing what it was planning to give inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
The CMS lowered its final increase for hospitals rates in 2016 to a scant 0.9%, down from the 1.1% increase it proposed in April. The move will heighten pressure on the nation's 3,400 acute-care hospitals to rein in costs and reduce unnecessary spending.
Hospice providers will see a 1.1% increase in Medicare payments in fiscal 2016, according to a final rule issued Friday by the CMS. That's slightly lower than the CMS' initial proposal.
Large employers can provide ideas for sustainable and impactful Medicare reform, based on their successes innovating and improving the way health benefits are designed, delivered and paid for, says William Kramer of the Pacific Business Group on Health.
Healthcare providers are expressing support for legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress requiring hospitals to notify Medicare patients when they are receiving observation care but have not been admitted.
Skilled-nursing facilities will get a smaller rate increase than initially proposed by the CMS for fiscal 2016. The decrease is due to various changes in calculations including inflation predictions, according to a CMS spokesman.
Americans well remember how black people had to ride in the back of the bus and drink from separate water fountains before civil rights laws were passed. But most don't know that African Americans often could not receive treatment in the same hospitals and physicians' offices as white people.
The 96-hour rule and a possible direct-supervision policy are a danger to critical-access hospitals, rural health leaders said at a congressional hearing Tuesday. They also suggested graduate medical education slots be more fairly allocated to help rural areas recruit providers.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called last week for a “phase out” of Medicare, which he said is not fiscally sustainable. But his statement contradicted a recent report showing that the fiscal future of Medicare's hospital trust has improved.
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Much has been written about the future of Medicare; but Medicaid, now our largest public insurance program, has become a lightning rod for debate.
Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.